Parent's Page

Parent's Page is SBGR Parent Newsletter about Early Learning. Issues are posted monthly.

  1. Value your child's questions.
    "Mommy/Daddy, why is the moon following us?" With this question, a child lets us know she is thinking about how the world works.

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Starting preschool or kindergarten is a special day for parents and children, and there's a lot you can do in the weeks before to get ready for the first day.  But try to keep your efforts low-key.  If you make too big a deal out of this milestone, your child may end up being more worried than excited. Here are some ideas from Smart Beginnings to keep the focus on fun. Here are some ideas from Zero to Three.org to keep the focus on fun.

photo Mar-Apr K-readiness articleAlthough the 2014-2015 school year is still several months away, local elementary schools are beginning to register children for Kindergarten. Any child who will be five years old by September 30, 2014 is able to enroll for Kindergarten this next fall. But being old enough isn’t always the same thing as being ready.

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“The Virginia Star Quality Initiative can raise the bar on early childhood education, but success will depend on consumers demanding it.  Help spread the word."


Elizabeth Strother, Editor Roanoke Times

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The United Way of Roanoke Valley serves as the fiscal agent for Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke.

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